October 24, 2016

Food stamps improve education

Low Income Housing Authroity - A recent study by The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities showed that low-income children who are receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits, also known as food stamps, actually perform better in school than children who are not receiving the benefits.

The reason is very simple. They have food in their tummies. Being hungry affects the ability to concentrate in school, resulting in lower test scores and the higher possibility of not graduating from high school. Basically, being hungry affects their entire lives and their future. Poor students receiving food stamps are 18 percent more likely to graduate from high school, according to the study, especially young girls who showed increased scores in reading and math.

When children go hungry, they can't concentrate, they are much more likely to become ill, and they are either too embarrassed or too proud to ask for food. So, they suffer in silence.

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